The XF300, one of Canon’s first file-based professional camcorders, combines an MPEG-2, 50Mbps, 4:2:2 codec with a Canon L-series lens and 3 Full HD CMOS sensors for superb HD video stored on CF card.


  • MPEG-2 MXF recording to CF cards at up to 50Mbps (4:2:2)
  • Comprehensive NLE support
  • 18x wide angle Canon L-series lens
  • 3 x 1/3 type Full HD Canon CMOS sensors
  • 10.1 cm LCD (1.23M dots); 1.3 cm (1.55M dots) EVF
  • Variable frame rates

Detailed Features

Take a more detailed look into Canon XF300

Capture high quality HD to CF cards

The XF300 records MPEG-2 MXF (Media eXchange Format) files – up to 1920 x 1080 Full HD at 50Mbps (4:2:2) – to CompactFlash (CF) memory cards. CF media is inexpensive and widely available: dual card slots allow filming to continue without interruption.

Flexible editing

Integrating seamlessly with existing workflows, movies shot on the XF300 are captured as industry-standard MXF files compatible with all major editing packages.

18x wide-angle lens

Drawing on Canon’s broadcast lens expertise – and informed by the feedback of professionals – the lightweight 18x L-series HD Video Lens delivers superb optical quality. Unique Ultra-Low Dispersion (Hi-UD) elements are used to prevent chromatic aberration. Separate rings offer independent control of Focus, Zoom and Iris (F1.6) – with full manual control available, end stops are provided for the focus and zoom rings.

3x Full HD CMOS

Full HD at 1920 x 1080 resolution is captured via three 1/3 type 2.07 Megapixel Full HD CMOS sensors – designed and manufactured by Canon in-house. High speed scanning minimises the effects of a rolling shutter.

10.1 cm LCD and 1.3 cm EVF

The 10.1 cm (4”) LCD screen can be positioned either side of the camera. Offering superior resolution (1.2M dots), the Focus Assist tool helps achieve sharp images. A built-in Waveform Monitor (WFM) helps verify exposure and other shooting parameters. Alternatively, a 1.3 cm (0.52”) Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) is available.

Variable frame rate

A wide range of frame rates is available, from 12 to 50 fps. This gives cameramen the freedom to alter the capture rate for additional creative flexibility.

Independent audio

Audio can be captured via twin XLR inputs and also with the front-mounted stereo microphone.

Custom pictures

Twenty-six Custom Picture options can be adjusted to achieve the perfect look. These can be stored in-camera – via SD card - and settings can even be transferred between camcorders.

CPS support*

Canon’s exclusive CPS Video Support offers a priority repair service, guaranteeing quick turnaround.

* For more information on countries where the CPS programme is live, please visit http://www.canon-europe.com/cps


Product Specifications




Image Sensor



1/3 type 3CMOS


RGB Prism

Total pixels per sensor

2.37 megapixels

Effective pixels per sensor

2.07 megapixels

Minimum illumination

Full Auto (21dB gain), 50i/25p: 3.8 lux / 3.3 lux
Manual mode (33dB gain), 50i/25p: 0.06 lux / 0.05 lux

Horizontal Resolution

1000 TV lines or more (1920 x 1080i mode)



Zoom ratio


Focal length

4.1 - 73.8mm (35mm equivalent: 29.3 - 527.4mm)

Minimum focus distance

20mm (MACRO)

ND filter

3 glass filters: 1/4, 1/16, 1/64

Zoom control

Ring, Rocker or Handle

Zoom speed

Zoom Rocker:
Variable speed/Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available);
Handle zoom: 
Fixed speed (16 speed level settings available)

Focus control

Manual ring or automatic (Instant AF, TV AF or Face Detection AF)

Iris control

Manual ring; Full Auto; Push Auto Iris

Aperture range

f1.6 - f22

Filter diameter


Lens elements/groups


Image stabilization system

Optical lens shift system (angle & vector movement detection);
3 modes: Dynamic, Standard, Powered

Digital zoom

1.5X. Digital Teleconverter option

Image Processor





Video storage media

Type 1 Compact Flash memory cards (2 card slots)


UDMA4, 30MB/s or faster (40MB/s or faster for Fast/Slow recording)

Recording time

32GB CF card: Up to 80mins (1080/50i @ 50 Mbps)

Recording file format

Material eXchange Format (MXF)

Recording format

50Mbps CBR (4:2:2) MPEG-2 422P@HL;
35Mbps VBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@HL;
25Mbps CBR (4:2:0) MPEG-2 MP@H14

Recording frame rate

50Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;
35Mbps: 1920 x 1080/50i, 25p; 1440 x 1080/50i; 1280 x 720/50p, 25p;¹
25Mbps: 1440 x 1080/50i, 25p

Slow/Fast motion

720p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 45, 48, 50fps
1080p: 12, 15, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25fps

Interval Record

YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames, 25 time intervals

Frame Record

YES. 2, 6 or 12 frames

Pre Record (cache record)

YES (3 seconds)

Scan Reverse

YES. Up/down, left/right image inversion

Photo storage media

SD/SDHC memory card

Still quality

During video recording: 1920 x 1080;
During playback: 1920x1080, 1280 x 720





10.1 cm (4")


1.23 million

Image quality adjustments

Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white


Left/right switchable

Waveform Monitor

Waveform Monitor and Vectorscope

Focus Assist

Peaking; Magnifying; Edge Monitor (using waveform display)


Peaking 1, Peaking 2 (Colour, Gain, Frequency customisable for each)


Level 1; Level 2; Both
Output via HDMI


On/Off (Aspect ratio, Aspect marker, Select area, Safe area, Grid, Horizontal, Centre)




1.3cm (0.52")


1.55 million

Image quality adjustments

Brightness, contrast, colour, sharpness, backlight, black & white


Vertical tilt

Correction lens

+ 2.0 to -5.5 diopters



Audio in

XLR inputs with 48V phantom power x 2

Headphone output

3.5mm stereo jack

Video monitor output

YES (BNC, composite Standard Definition video, output only)


YES (Type A, output only)

IEEE 1394 (Firewire)



YES (Mini-B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, output only)

HD/SD-SDI output


Time code




Component out

YES (D connector, output only)

AV terminal

3.5mm mini jack (output only for video and audio)

DC input


Remote Control Terminal

2.5mm mini jack

Colour Bars

Type 1/Type 2



Tally lamp

YES (x2)

Accessory shoe

YES (hot shoe, EOS Flash units supported)

Custom key

YES (13 assignable buttons; select from 30 functions)




Exposure metering

Standard (centre weighted), Spotlight, Backlight

Exposure range

50 - 100,000 lux

Exposure compensation

-2 to +2 EV (14 steps)

Auto Exposure mode

Full Auto

Push Auto Iris


Auto Gain Control setting

Full Auto / AGC On / Manual

Auto Gain Control limit

3dB; 6dB; 9dB; 12dB; 15dB; 18dB; (OFF/21 dB)

Gain setting

Assignable L, M, H switch positions (-6dB / -3dB / 0dB/ 3dB / 6dB/ 12dB / 18dB / 21dB / 33dB / TUNE (0.5 dB increments from 0 to 21 dB))

Shutter speed


Control Modes

3 position switch:
OFF (Full Auto) / ON / SEL (Auto; Speed; Angle; Clear Scan (CS); Slow Shutter (SLS))

Shutter speed

1/18 to 1/2000 depending on frame rate

Shutter Angle

11.25º to 360º depending on frame rate

Slow Shutter (SLS)

1/3, 1/6, 1/12, 1/25

Clear Scan

50i/p: 50 to 251.15Hz;
25p: 25 to 251.15Hz

Custom Picture


Stored Configurations


Storage Medium

SD/SDHC memory card (all customisation data and metadata)


6 profiles

Master Pedestal

-50 to +50

Master Black

-50 to +50 for each of R,G,B

Black Gamma

Adjustable height width and apex

Low Key Saturation

-50 to +50 adjusts colour saturation in low brightness area


Adjusts over exposure characteristic, start, slope, saturation


Adjustment for Detail level, Detail frequency, Coring, HV balance, Detail limit, Detail select, Knee aperture and Level dependent sharpness

Noise reduction

Off, Automatic, On (1 to 8)

Skin detail

Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness

Selective Noise Reduction

Off, Low, Middle, High / Hue, Chroma, Brightness

Colour matrix

-50 to +50 hue and gain R,G,B, in tandem with Gamma selection

White balance

-50 to +50 white balance offset for R,G,B

Colour correction

Area selection / area revision of two areas

Setup level

-50 to +50 On/Off

Clip 100% IRE

Limits output to 100% after setup adjustment

Wi-Fi & GPS Specifications


GPS Information (Optional Accessory)

Latitude/Longtitude/Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

White balance





A, B, Preset (Daylight, Tungsten)

Time code


Countup system

Regen, RecRun, FreeRun, External, Hold

Start value setting

“00:00:00:00”, Set/Reset selectable




16-bit 2ch (48 kHz) linear PCM


Independent limiters and auto/manual settings

Microphone attenuation


Microphone level meter




XF Utility and NLE Plug-ins, Shoulder strap, Eyecup, Component cable DTC-1000, Battery pack BP-955, DC lead DC-930, Compact power adapter CA-930, Wireless controller WL-D6000.


Wide Attachment WA-H82, Batteries BP-930, BP-945, BP-950G, BP-970G, BP-955, BP-975, Compact Power Adapter CA-920, Compact Car adapter CB-920, Shoulder Brace SBR-1000, Tripod Adapter TA-100, Zoom Remote Control, Video Light VL-10Li II, Tripod Base TB-1, Canon Lens Hood LH-V1, GP-E2 GPS receiver



Backup power supply

Lithium coin battery (built-in)

Power Consumption


Continuous Recording Time

Supplied BP-955: Approx. 295 minutes¹
Optional BP-975: Approx. 450 minutes¹



Approx 180 x 192 x 394 mm

Weight (camera only)


Weight (fully equipped)


Operating Temperature range

-5ºC to +45ºC, 60% relative humidity


Recording frame rate - ¹ Additional recording option via firmware update. Also adds Korean Language support.

Power Consumption - ¹ 50Mbps CBR mode, using EVF.

Continuous Recording Time - ¹ 50Mbps CBR mode, using EVF.